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The MedWest-Harris & Swain Foundation is presenting the 14th Annual Spirit of the Smokies Car Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 2, in the parking area in front of Med- West-Harris at 68 Hospital Road in Sylva.

Registration is from 8:30 a.m. until noon, and judging begins at 12:05 p.m. with an awards ceremony following the judging. Trophies will be awarded to the top 20 vehicles. Awards also will be given for Best in Show, People’s Choice, Ugliest Vehicle, Law Enforcement Choice and Dealer’s Choice.


The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts will welcome two hilarious comedy acts to their stage on Thursday, May 31. Jimmy Travis is one guy with one guitar who will perform one show you’ll never forget. Bean and Bailey are a comedy duo who love nothing more than creating laughter. Both offer good, clean, wholesome fun for audiences of all ages. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $12 each.

Jimmy Travis brings great comedy and great music to the stage every time he performs. His special blend of humor relates to audiences of all kinds. His clean and refreshing performances are family-friendly, and since he frequently interacts with the audience, no two shows are ever the same.



Festival takes over Fontana Village Resort for Memorial weekend

Jackson County native Matt Stillwell will be returning to the region this weekend to host the 5th annual Shinefest at Fontana Village Resort for a Memorial Day Celebration that promises to feature some of North Carolina’s best country artists.

“I’m looking forward to the whole experience,” said Stillwell. “This is kind of a release for me. I spend so much time on the road that it is always good to be close to home and with people that want to be there and have a good time. Of course I don’t get to relax too much because I'm still working and playing host but I do love it.”


In conjunction with the “Chicks! It's All Gone to the Birds’ exhibit, The Bascom is hosting a number of “avian” related programs.

— “Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship Project” on Friday, June 1, at 7:30 p.m with Dr. Mark Hopey.

— “The Early Birders

— Antique Nature Prints and Decoys” on Saturday, June 9, at 4 p.m. with Dr. Lloyd Newberry, author of “European Hunter: Hunting in 33 Countries.”

— The Armchair Birder on Saturday, June 16, at 4 pm featuring Dr. John Yow, author of “The Armchair Birder.” A series of bird and nature walks are scheduled throughout May and June. 


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